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How to Defer Admission and Take a Gap Year

Accepted at your top choice school but feeling hesitant? Nervous about jumping straight into an academic track? Afraid of possible burnout after an intense high school experience? Feeling a little wanderlust? It’s not uncommon to feel a little hesitation, or feel overworked after four years of hard academic, extracurricular, and test prep work. If you […]

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Early Decision and Early Admissions Acceptance Rates

  Does applying through early admission programs help students? According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 18 percent of institutions offer early decision, and about 24 percent offer early action. Early decision is a binding decision, which means that if a student applies and is accepted with an adequate financial aid package, […]

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5 Things You Can Do Differently During Your College Admissions

For many, knowing now what the application process is like comes with a little nostalgia – shoulda, coulda, woulda…. That wisdom and advice is worthwhile and useful. What would you have done differently? What do you wish you had done during the college admissions process? Here are 5 things many students wish they had done […]

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Does Volunteering Help with College Admissions?

Does Volunteering Help with College Admissions? You’re taking challenging classes, studying for the SAT, and your lacrosse season is going well. You’re looking at different colleges and beginning to collect a list of admission requirements. You are in Model U.N. and keep busy with a few extracurricular projects throughout the year – but something seems […]

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Overhyped Statistic 1: Student-Teacher Ratio

Here and there over the next few weeks, I want to take a look at some statistics that I feel are overvalued by prospective students, as well as a few statistics that are undervalued. The first one that comes to mind is student-teacher ratio (or average class-size). Over the last twenty years the trend has […]

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New Writer At Top Test Prep!

Top Test Prep is excited to welcome a new writer on board for our Test Prep and Admissions, “The Insider’s Guide to Admissions”… __________ Jon B. attended the Derryfield School. Among his activities, he taught at an after-school program, Summerbridge, and playing on the Varsity Lacrosse term. In college he went on to pursue history, […]

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Studere, Contendere, Vincere: Top 5 Reasons To Learn A Little Greek And Latin

  “Studere, contendere, vincere – studying, striving, conquering.” Learning a little Latin and Greek might seem like embarking on an extraneous endeavor when preparing for a test, but the benefits abound. Deciding to research etymology does not mean signing up for a new course or major, either. Here are the top five reasons to spend […]

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How to Get Into Top Colleges

Here’s some information on how to get into top colleges. This video explains how one student got into his top college after applying with Top Test Prep’s help. Top Test Prep’s team helps students with their SAT prep, ACT prep and admissions counseling programs. Call (800) 501-Prep for more information on our college admissions programs […]

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Writing the Best Scholarship Essay

Here’s some good advice on how to write the best scholarship essay… We’ve told you to take your scholarship essays seriously. So where and how do you begin? Here are some helpful questions to get you started: What attributes do you wish to convey? – In order to answer this question, you should at the […]

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Getting Scholarship Money to Fund Your Education: Where to Begin

Some tips on getting scholarship money to fund your education… 1. Start researching now. Don’t assume you’re ineligible for a scholarship without thoroughly researching what’s out there. Use the internet, see where your friends are applying, buy a scholarship guide at a bookstore, and ask your college counselor for suggestions. There are scholarships for everything, […]

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